Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

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Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

Video-based therapy may help babies at risk of autism, according to new research by scientists from Birkbeck University of London’s Babylab, Manchester University, King’s College London, and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
The therapy is thought to help improve babies engagement, attention and social behaviour.  
Professor Tony Charman, who was involved in the study, joined Wake Up London to discuss the study. 
His colleague in the study, Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, said:
 “Our findings indicate that using video feedback-based therapy to help parents understand and respond to their infant’s individual communication style during the first year of life may be able to modify the emergence of autism-related behaviours and symptoms.”
Professor Johnson, Director of the Babylab, said:
“This is the first time that we have seen an intervention make an impact on the behavioural symptoms of children at risk of autism and is an exciting indication that the emergence of autistic symptoms could be modified and reduced by early intervention.
“However, this study involved a relatively small number of infants and before we can draw definitive conclusions about how effective this type of intervention is, we will need to conduct larger scale studies.”

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